The Curious Case of Harold James Nicholson

One of the enduring questions that we will probably never know the answer to is: what was the extent of the CIA’s involvement in the 1989 Revolution? Effectively, there are three theories as to how the FSN formed: It was a CIA plot. It was a KGB plot. Ion Iliescu was the right scumbag at…

Hey Pharaoh, Let My People Go!

I was actually all set to blast you with links and long blocs of translated quotes, but I see that the spritely Bucharest Life has already gone and done the heavy lifting. If you want to know more details, read their article. I just wanted to chime in here and say that one of the…

Stripper

Oh my, this story really made me laugh. Original link in Romanian is here, but the gist of it is that long-time Romanian president Traian Basescu has had his (Republic of) Moldovan citizenship stripped by the new (Moldovan) President Igor Dodon. This truly is hilarious on several levels. After spending literally his entire life in…

The State Agency for the Protection of Morals

Dum dee dum, ho dee ho, I was just minding my business this week, reading through incredibly boring government announcements when I nearly fell out of my chair. Sometimes, it’s really easy to forget what a truly weird country Moldova is. The announcement I was reading is about the streamlining of 16 ministries into nine….

Romanian Cops Caught on Film Assaulting Prisoner

Hey folks, I apologize for being absent of late – lots of things going on, and we’ll catch up later on that. In the meantime, I came across this horrific video that triggered a lot of really painful memories. If your Romanian is a little rusty, what happened was that a young man (he looks…

Signifying Nothing

From here: A Romanian government institute tasked with investigating communist-era crimes has called for two former prison chiefs to be probed on suspicion of causing the deaths of 204 political prisoners. . Institute chief Radu Preda said Marian Petrescu, 84, commander of several labor colonies and prisons from 1956 to 1966, is suspected of running…

Implausible Deniability Part 2

Well, well, what do you know? The AP is up to its usual shitty job of reporting about Romania: The CIA paid Romania “millions of dollars” to host secret prisons, a rights lawyer said Wednesday as the European Court of Human Rights heard accusations that Romania allowed the agency to torture terrorism suspects in a…